Kainat Sarfaraz

Kainat Sarfaraz covers education for Hindustan Times in Delhi. She also takes keen interest in reading and writing on the intersections of gender and other identities.

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Physical, mental health clinics at 15 Delhi govt schools to open on Oct 1

Along with providing routine check-ups, the clinics will also focus on the emotional well-being of children, address issues related to their mental health,and offer counselling services.
Based on the response from children during the implementation of the pilot project, a decision will be taken on how the plan will be executed in other schools (File photo)
Based on the response from children during the implementation of the pilot project, a decision will be taken on how the plan will be executed in other schools (File photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2021 03:03 AM IST
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Delhi was hub of student activism. Then came pandemic, a State crackdown

Normally, between August and September, Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campuses would be busy for the high-stakes campus elections. But this year, just like last year, there is a lull
Campaign for DUSU election 2017 at North Campus, DU, in New Delhi on September 6, 2017. (HT archive)
Campaign for DUSU election 2017 at North Campus, DU, in New Delhi on September 6, 2017. (HT archive)
Updated on Sep 14, 2021 12:43 PM IST
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DTU students want fee waivers, admin cites running costs

University officials, however, said they cannot reduce the fee and pointed out that they are already giving fee concessions in genuine cases.
The students have also requested the university administration to provide concessions on humanitarian grounds. (Picture for representation only/HT)
The students have also requested the university administration to provide concessions on humanitarian grounds. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Updated on Sep 14, 2021 12:02 AM IST
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Delhi University has approved FYUP. What does it mean for students?

Varsity officials have said that students wanting to opt for the regular three-year undergraduate course will be allowed to do so
A view of an entrance to Delhi University. (HT Archive)
A view of an entrance to Delhi University. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 05:12 PM IST
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BySadia Akhtar and Kainat Sarfaraz

Low teacher-student ratio may be reason for DU’s slip in NIRF rankings

In the NIRF’s 2021 report, released by the education ministry on Thursday, Delhi University was ranked 12th — down from 11th last year— behind the national capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Millia Islamia, which secured the second and sixth ranks, respectively.
In the NIRF’s 2021 report, released by the education ministry on Thursday, Delhi University was ranked 12th — down from 11th last year (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
In the NIRF’s 2021 report, released by the education ministry on Thursday, Delhi University was ranked 12th — down from 11th last year (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 11, 2021 06:35 AM IST
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Jamia students demand phase-wise reopening of campus, can’t decide in haste: V-C

Both DU and JNU came out with their own reopening schedules following the Delhi Disaster Management Authority directives on August 30 allowing students of higher educational institutions to return to campuses as long as a 50% seating capacity is maintained
The students have also demanded the reopening of the central library and reading halls, making them accessible to all students (Hindustan Times)
The students have also demanded the reopening of the central library and reading halls, making them accessible to all students (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 10, 2021 01:17 AM IST
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JNU stays 2nd, Delhi University falls to 12th rank in Centre’s rankings

The performance of JNU and Jamia are also remarkable given the turmoil both campuses witnessed in 2019-2020 due to protests leading to violence.
Last year, Delhi University was in the 11th spot. DU’s acting vice-chancellor PC Joshi attributed the fall to a low teacher-student ratio (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Last year, Delhi University was in the 11th spot. DU’s acting vice-chancellor PC Joshi attributed the fall to a low teacher-student ratio (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 10, 2021 07:48 AM IST
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ByKainat Sarfaraz and Sadia Akhtar

As Delhi University readies to reopen, students await clarity on mode of exam

According to university’s academic calendar, the final-year UG students will appear for their fifth semester exams from November 30 and theory exams for final-year PG students will begin on December 15.
DU will reopen for final-year UG and PG students from September 15 for practical classes, lab work, and academic consultation (Amal KS/HT)
DU will reopen for final-year UG and PG students from September 15 for practical classes, lab work, and academic consultation (Amal KS/HT)
Updated on Sep 09, 2021 01:40 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

34% EWS seats in Delhi’s private schools still vacant

Private schools have been admitting one EWS student from the government’s list for every three admissions under the general category in entry-level classes (nursery, kindergarten, and class 1) every year
The seats have remained vacant despite multiple interventions by the education department (HT Photo)
The seats have remained vacant despite multiple interventions by the education department (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 08, 2021 01:38 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi govt school children in classes 11, 12 to get 2,000 seed fund: Sisodia

As part of its Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum introduced in 2019, students at Delhi government schools received 1,000 as seed money for their approved business ideas. This March, the Delhi government proposed to increase the seed money to 2,000.
The scheme will benefit nearly 350,000 students, Sisodia said.
The scheme will benefit nearly 350,000 students, Sisodia said.
Updated on Sep 07, 2021 02:02 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Final-year undergrad, post-grad students of DU allowed on campus from Sept 15

The varsity has made it mandatory for all students returning to colleges and departments to be at least partially vaccinated. Department and college libraries have been allowed to reopen from Monday, DU officials said.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on August 30 issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of schools, colleges, and other educational institutes (Amal KS/HT Archive)
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on August 30 issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of schools, colleges, and other educational institutes (Amal KS/HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 07, 2021 02:07 AM IST
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Delhi: 122 educators, mostly from govt schools, selected for teachers’ awards

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the number of awards was increased to 122 from 103 last year to recognise the work of more teachers.
Music teacher Rajkumar has received many laurels for sitar. (Sourced)
Music teacher Rajkumar has received many laurels for sitar. (Sourced)
Updated on Sep 05, 2021 02:31 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

St Stephen's releases UG cutoff; at 99.5% Economics (H) highest

Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College on Friday released the cut-off for ten undergraduate courses with the highest cut-off set for the Economics (Honours) course at 99.5% for students with commerce and humanities stream. Applicants from the science stream need to have a score of 98.75% to get admission to the course.
File photo: St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. (HT FIle Photo)
File photo: St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. (HT FIle Photo)
Published on Sep 04, 2021 09:43 AM IST
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Classes 9,11 in Delhi to follow CBSE’s exam structure, says state govt

In July, CBSE said that as a part of “special scheme of assessment” it will conduct two sets of board exams -- one between November and December, and the other between March and April 2022, for Class 10 and 12 students in the current academic session
Students of classes 9 and 11 returned to schools in Delhi on Wednesday for in-person classes. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Students of classes 9 and 11 returned to schools in Delhi on Wednesday for in-person classes. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 02, 2021 11:42 PM IST
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Delhi University executive council gives final seal of approval for return of FYUP

Further, the university will also scrap MPhil from next year -- as per the NEP 2020 provisions -- and offer one- and two-year PG programmes from next year. Three of the 20-member EC disagreed with the proposals on implementing NEP-based reforms.
FYUP was first introduced in 2013 but following stiff opposition from teachers and students, it was rolled back in 2014. (HT)
FYUP was first introduced in 2013 but following stiff opposition from teachers and students, it was rolled back in 2014. (HT)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 11:46 PM IST
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Delhi schools to welcome students from tomorrow

The DDMA order allows reopening of all schools for classes 9 to 12 from September 1, but most public and private institutions in the Capital said they would reopen in a staggered manner from next week, as the process of acquiring consent and managing logistics was expected to take some time.
The DDMA order also says that online learning will be encouraged.
The DDMA order also says that online learning will be encouraged.
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 06:59 AM IST
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With one more day still to go, UG registrations at Delhi University already cross 435,000

Though there are over 435,000 registrations on the admissions portal so far, only around 250,000 among them are paid applications due to various factors, including duplicity and multiple registrations per candidate. University officials said the number of paid forms is expected to increase by Tuesday night as more candidates are expected to complete the process by paying the registration fee.
Delhi university received 351,974 paid applications last year, which was around 100,000 more than in 2019. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Delhi university received 351,974 paid applications last year, which was around 100,000 more than in 2019. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 11:03 PM IST
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DDMA releases norms for reopening of schools in Delhi

The SOPs accord top priority to vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff, asking institutes to have staggered lunch breaks, ensuring gaps between the entry and exit of different groups of students, and capping the maximum number of students per classroom at 50% of its occupancy
Representational image. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 06:39 PM IST
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DU’s executive council likely to approve FYUP

Last Tuesday, the university’s AC passed the NEP-based reforms including FYUP, multiple entry-exit scheme allowing students to exit the course at any year, and academic bank of credits (ABC) which will allow students to earn credits for different courses from the next academic session (2022-23).
The university has also announced that it will set up facilitation centres in Roshanpura in Najafgarh and Bhati Kalan in Fatehpur Beri on plots allotted by the Delhi government that will cater to students staying in far-flung areas of Delhi-NCR (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The university has also announced that it will set up facilitation centres in Roshanpura in Najafgarh and Bhati Kalan in Fatehpur Beri on plots allotted by the Delhi government that will cater to students staying in far-flung areas of Delhi-NCR (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 11:41 PM IST
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Delhi’s students glad to be back in class, mixed reaction from parents

When 14-year-old Deepanshu Jha, a class 9 student at a government school in Shalimar Bagh, heard on Friday that schools will reopen from September 1, he could hardly believe it
While classes briefly resumed for students of classes 9 to 12 between January and February, students from junior sections had to remain at home for the past 17 months.(HT Photo)
While classes briefly resumed for students of classes 9 to 12 between January and February, students from junior sections had to remain at home for the past 17 months.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 12:00 AM IST
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To prioritise students with lab work if reopen, say Delhi’s colleges, varsities

Most central and state universities said they will wait for detailed guidelines before deciding on conducting in-person lessons and other academic activities
Students outside Delhi University’s south campus. (HT Photo)
Students outside Delhi University’s south campus. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 12:05 AM IST
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Schools scramble to put Covid-19 protocols in place

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said schools must allow students who choose to stay home the option of online classes
A class at a government school in Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar in February this year. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
A class at a government school in Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar in February this year. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 12:32 AM IST
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Teachers oppose DU’s move to appoint foreign scholars as adjunct faculty

The decision to appoint global scholars as adjunct faculty was taken by the academic council on Tuesday and will be placed before the executive council, the highest decision-making body of the university, on August 31.
Former DU officials, however, said adjunct faculty were used globally for assisting teachers.(HT Photo)
Former DU officials, however, said adjunct faculty were used globally for assisting teachers.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2021 03:46 AM IST
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2013 rerun: Unsure of FYUP in Delhi University, say teachers

The AC passed the broad course structure along with a multiple entry-exit scheme (MEES) and academic bank of credits (ABC) on Tuesday amid dissent from 16 members.
Students outside the University Plaza after Delhi University reopened for final year students on February 1, 2021. (Amal K S/ Hindustan Times)
Students outside the University Plaza after Delhi University reopened for final year students on February 1, 2021. (Amal K S/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 02:16 AM IST
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Mahasweta Devi, two Dalit authors axed from DU’s eng syllabus, teachers dissent

The oversight committee is tasked with looking at problems with reference to exams, course changes, and other department requirements.
The committee is appointed by the executive council, the highest decision-making body of the university.
The committee is appointed by the executive council, the highest decision-making body of the university.
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 04:59 AM IST
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Four-year undergrad, multiple entry-exit, credit system get DU academic council approval

New Delhi: The Delhi University’s Academic Council (AC) on Tuesday night passed with dissent a plan to implement the provisions laid down in the National Education Policy 2020, including the introduction of four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), multiple entry-exit scheme (MEES), and academic bank of credits (ABC), from the next academic session
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Published on Aug 25, 2021 12:31 AM IST
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Parents wary, few students of classes 10, 12 turn up for in-person classes in Delhi schools

Although the attendance of classes 10 and 12 students in public and private schools has improved in the past week, principals of a few schools said some parents are still wary of sending their children to school in view of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Updated on Aug 23, 2021 11:48 PM IST
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Teachers want DU to hold back on implementation of NEP, seek feedback

On the eve of Delhi University’s academic council (AC) meeting on Tuesday, several teachers and AC members raised concerns over the university’s decision to push for reforms advocated in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and have demanded that the recommendations prepared by the DU-NEP committee be opened up for wider consultations instead of placing them before the council in Tuesday’s meeting
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Published on Aug 23, 2021 11:42 PM IST
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Historian, former DU teacher David Baker dies aged 89

New Delhi: Historian and former Delhi University teacher David Baker died at his residence in the St
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Published on Aug 23, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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Fees hurdle hampers poor students’ higher education dreams

Raju Singh, a student of a Delhi government school, scored 94% in his CBSE Class 12 boards this year, and wants to enrol in mechanical engineering programme to support his family of four
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Published on Aug 23, 2021 12:13 AM IST
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